Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan

Including A Summer In The Upper Karun Region And A Visit To The Nestorian Rayahs

BIRD, Isabella L. (Mrs Bishop)

BIRD, Isabella L. (Mrs Bishop) Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan Including A Summer In The Upper Karun Region And A Visit To The Nestorian Rayahs

John Murray, 1891.

First edition. Two volumes. 8vo. Publisher's decorative blue cloth, gilt lettering and decorations, with stamped design in navy blue. Patterned endpapers. Frontispieces to each volume, eleven further full page plates, with many vignettes in the text. Folding maps bound to the rear of each volume. A bright, near fine set. Faint stain to the top edge of the first volume, but uncommonly clean otherwise. A handsome set. Contemporary ownership inscriptions of one Thomas B. Dixon to the first blank of each volume.

The fifth book by the extraordinary female explorer Isabella Bird, the first woman to be elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
This journey, which covers travels in Persia and Eastern Asia Minor (including modern day Iran, Iraq, Kurdistan and Turkey), was undertaken as she approached the age of sixty. Many of the letters printed here were written "at the conclusion of fatiguing marches, and often in circumstances of great discomfort and difficulty" (Preface).

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